Witches ball set to be highlight of popular Pagan festival - The Coventry Observer

Witches ball set to be highlight of popular Pagan festival

A WITCHES ball is set to be the highlight of a pagan festival which returns for the third time next mont.

The Festival of Witches and Pagans attracts experienced witches, beginners and other festival-goers from across the UK and since first launching last year, has become one of the biggest national events of its kind in the UK.

The festival returned to the Heart of England Conference Centre in Fillongley in May for the second time, attracting more than 2,500 people, and was so popular that a third event is being staged on September 17th and 18th.

The second festival of the year sees the addition of a Witches’ Ball.

Proceeds from both events will be going towards a long-term fundraising plan to buy a property near Glastonbury to provide a haven for victims of bullying or hardship.

The ball is part of a packed programme of events, which includes hundreds of workshops across the weekend, day and night-time rituals, an opening and closing ceremony, witch workshops and children’s workshops.

The family-friendly event will also include Viking re-enactments, a shopping village, woodlands walks and more.

The festival, originally organised by Coventry-based Coven of Gaia, was started to provide witches and pagans with a place to gather and take part in a range of activities, as well as to educate people who want to learn more about witchcraft and paganism.

It now involves covens from around the country, with thousands of people travelling to attend.

Organiser Julie Aspinall, from the Coven of Gaia, said: “The demand has been so huge that one event just wasn’t enough for 2022 so we decided to have two. We’re adding even more to the 2022 festival and the Witches’ Ball will be a spectacular event and great fun.

“On top of that we’ve got more stalls than ever, an amazing array of workshops and talks, and something for everyone, whether they’re an experience witch, someone interested in learning more, or people who are just looking for an interesting, friendly and inclusive weekend.

Visit https://www.covenofgaia.co.uk/ for more information.


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